The Open Spanish is one of Black’s most direct methods of fighting against the Ruy Lopez. Instead of subjecting himself to the so-called “Spanish torture” of the Closed Ruy Lopez, Black boldly captures the e4-pawn and provokes an early confrontation.
Grandmaster Repertoire 13 – The Open Spanish provides a complete repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6, based on the Open Variation which occurs after 5.0–0 Nxe4. Black’s system is built on the principles of fast and active development, and fighting for the initiative whenever the opportunity arises.
Victor Mikhalevski is an Israeli grandmaster with a peak rating of 2632. He has represented Israel at Olympiads and other major team events, and has won many international tournaments. He is renowned as one of the world’s foremost opening experts.
ISBN 978-1-907982-44-6 - 384 pages - Published 31 January 2013
"If cutting-edge theory on an Open Ruy repertoire for Black is what you want, this book provides it admirably. Given the goal the book has set itself, I don't believe the job could have been done better."
IM John Cox, CHESS Magazine
"...I’m sure both white and black players who play the Ruy Lopez regularly will find this an indispensible resource for the coming years.
Perhaps the thing I like most about the Grandmaster Repertoire series [...] is the crystal-clear presentation of the material and the visible dedication and determination with which the authors approach their material, routinely improving and inventing new stuff that’s often not only theoretically relevant but also aesthetically pleasing.
Arne Moll, Chess Vibes (full review)
"Throughout the whole book the reader will find tons of novelties with plenty of new and fresh ideas which will surprise your opponents right in the opening and make sure that you’ll be the one who dictates the game!
I’ll recommend this book for players of all playing strengths, from beginners up to strong Grandmasters.
Rating: ***** (5/5) Highly Recommended!"
Lukas Wedrychowski, (full review)
"This is a serious book offering a deeply analysed repertoire. Club players may be overwhelmed, but strong and experienced tournament players will welcome the depth offered here."
Sean Marsh (full review)
"Ambitious players simply cannot ignore books like this from the Grandmaster Repertoire series. If you meet an opponent - particularly in correspondence chess - who is equipped with this book, while you yourself do not have it, then you are granting him the chance of an advantage from the opening... I can easily recommend this work for purchase."
Uwe Bekemann, www.bdf-fernschachbund.de